chore

[ chawr, chohr ]
/ tʃɔr, tʃoʊr /

noun

a small or odd job; routine task.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
a hard or unpleasant task: Solving the problem was quite a chore.

Origin of chore

1375–1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3
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chore

/ (tʃɔː) /

noun

a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task

Word Origin for chore

C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char ³
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Word Origin and History for chore

chore


n.

1751, American English, variant of char, from Middle English cherre "odd job," from Old English cerr, cierr "turn, change, time, occasion, affair business."

Chore, a corruption of char, is an English word, still used in many parts of England, as a char-man, a char-woman; but in America, it is perhaps confined to New England. It signifies small domestic jobs of work, and its place cannot be supplied by any other single word in the language. [Noah Webster, "Dissertations on the English Language," 1789]
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